Just as you take the time out to pick the perfect profile pic or the right words to represent you, taking the time to think of the perfect username is also essential.“Picking the right username is all about finding the right balance between fun, flirty and realistic.Adding words like ‘hottie’ or slang like ‘lil’ may turn fellow daters off and suggest to them that your intentions are not to find a serious relationship,” Bartz says.

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“Instead of opting for ‘funnyman89,’ choose a name that has a bit more creativity and wit involved — perhaps make a username that puts a comedic spin on one of your favorite hobbies or another personality trait,” Bartz tells Bustle.

Many people don’t really take the time to think of good usernames because they tend to stick to variations of their real name.

As researchers found, playful screen names such as “Fun2bwith” are universally attractive.

While men were more attracted to screen names that indicated some sort of physical attractiveness (i.e.

If your username puts a smile on her face, you’ve got one up on your competition.

77% of women surveyed by Men’s Health Magazine said a sense of humor was their #1 must have in a man.

We’ve got 18 examples of usernames that work great for POF and

We’ll even tell you why they work so you can come up with an irresistible username that’s 100% you. You want it to be a sneak preview into the rest of your profile.

What you say in your profile can also determine whether you get messages from the love of your life or the dude who just wants to bang in the basement of his childhood home.

We all know that profile pictures are key components in the online dating game.

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